Nov 26, 2012 6:00am PST
of talks. >>> a u.n. human rights expert says the japanese government should do more to protect the health of people affected by the fukushima nuclear accident. u.n. special rapporteur anand grover spent ten days in the disaster-stricken northeast. he was examining whether the health needs of people are properly met. grover criticized the japanese government for its inadequate response to the crisis, including failing to disclose enough data on the spread of radioactive substances immediately after the accident. he said decisions on decontamination and other measures did not take into account the needs of socially disadvantaged groups. grover says they include pregnant women, children, and the elderly. he added that he will urge the japanese government to improve the situation along with submitting what he found. a final report will be given to the u.n. council in june next year. >>> bank of japan governor masaaki shirakawa has defended the central bank's monetary easing policy. he says the boj has pumped some of the largest amounts of money among industrialized countries into the economy.
Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
. at the u.n. general assembly, the philippine government sought support for its position. >> translator: we believe in mediation and other forms of third-party dispute settlement, including judicial settlement. >> reporter: the philippines started preparing to bring its case to the international tribunal for the law of the sea. but it failed to win international support. the plan risked further provoking china. the philippine government is not proceeding with it for now. strained relations have started to hurt the philippine economy, so the government is trying to mend fences with china. >> undergoing a transition where hopefully there will be less nationalistic pressures. >> reporter: china has also softened its position. vice foreign minister in charge of asian affairs fu ying visited manila last month. she delivered to aquino a message from president hu jintao that said china values friendly bilateral relations. an expert says china's strained relations with japan over the senkaku islands in the east china sea is behind the apparent shift in its stance towards the philippines. >> there a
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
term. hamas representatives want israel to end its economic blockade of gaza. the u.n. security council has still not agreed on a statement proposed by the arab league calling on both sides for an immediate cease-fire. u.s. ambassador susan rice spoke after a closed-door meeting, saying the security council must not do anything that could undermine egypt's mediation efforts. russian ambassador vitaly churkin offered a veiled criticism of the united states. >> some members -- one member of the security council, i'm sure you can guess which, indicated sort of quite transparently that they will not be prepared to go along with any reaction of the security council. >> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon spoke after meeting in cairo with his counterpart on the arab league, nabil al arabi. >> my message is clear -- both sides must halt firing immediately. further escalating the situation will put the entire region at risk. >> ban will again call for a cease-fire when he visits israel. >>> three major countries in asia -- japan, china, and south korea -- have agreed to start talks for a free-tr
Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
to follow a u.n. security council ban on launches involving ballistic technology. >>> the people who wont to be south korea's next president are mapping out their strategies in the lead-up to voting day. official campaigning is now under way. and so for the next three weeks candidates will be crisscrossing the country to sell their message. park geun hye of the ruling saenuri party is one of the front-runners. she visited a national cemetery in seoul where she paid respects to those who died in the korean war and other continflicconflic. park expressed her determination to become the country's first female president. >> translator: south korea has to choose whether it wants to move forward with a prepared future or go back to the past which is marked with failure. we are now standing at a crucial crossroads. >> park also said she will promise to build a nation where everyone can lead a happy life. she's locked in a tight race with moon jae-in of the opposition democratic united party. he spoke in the second largest city of busan near his hometown. >> translator: i promise to become the fi